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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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Revised figures drag SJ Berwin PEP over £700k

SJ Berwin’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure has been bumped up to above the £700,000 mark following accounting revisions to take into account FRS5 and work in progress (WIP). The accounting adjustments have seen the silver circle firm’s PEP pushed up to an average £711,000, up 6 per cent rise on the firm’s […]

New firm eyes developing economies

Although France’s biggest firms keep getting bigger, some smaller outfits do emerge from time to time. The latest to appear is three-partner boutique APA Partners. APA has been founded by three university friends whose paths split after graduation. Thierry Aballéa was general counsel of communications giant Belgacom, later joining Coudert Frères and most recently Lefèvre […]

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Trowers & Hamlins has hired Kim Hilton as a senior associate in the firm’s international telecoms group based in Bahrain. She joins from Gilbert & Tobin in Australia. North West firm Ricksons has hired assistant Rachel Eccles into its Preston employment law team. Eccles joins from Manchester’s Martin & Co, where she was also an […]

Davenport, Latham get behind restoration of Camden Roundhouse

Davenport Lyons and Latham & Watkins have been assisting pro bono on a non-profit scheme to restore the iconic Camden Roundhouse arts venue. The Grade II listed Victorian building, originally built as a tram shed, reopened three weeks ago as the first stage of a £29m refurbishment. The venue has previously hosted music legends including […]

Jun He Law Offices sets up in Hong Kong

Beijing-based Jun He Law Offices has become the third mainland China-headquartered law firm to open in Hong Kong, after China’s Ministry of Justice lifted a longstanding ban on mainland firms operating offshore earlier this year. The firm has opened through a merger with Hong Kong firm XJ Wang & Co and will operate in Hong […]

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